4 Gorgeous Places for Leaf-Peeping Abroad

As we move into autumn and the many glorious accouterments that come along with it—pumpkin spice everything—we’re bringing you our suggestions for some of the best places for leaf-peeping abroad.

Tuscany, Italy

autumn in tuscany.

Tuscany is romantic enough on its own, but when you throw in jaw-dropping colors (mid-September and October) and the crisp chill of fall, it’s a great place for anyone hoping to relax—particularly with a nice glass of wine.

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Honshu, Japan

eikando kyoto autumn bridge.

From October through December (depending on the region), Japan’s main island bursts with fall colors, particularly in Kyoto, where fiery leaf hues surround local temples and koyo celebrations abound.

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Nova Scotia, Canada

nova scotia lake in fall.

September and October are key months for this leaf-peeping destination. Set against picturesque lakes, the leaves there offer a worthwhile experience for travelers seeking an autumn respite closer to home.

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Bavaria, Germany

fall colors in bavarian alps.

Couple bright, leafy landscapes with grand castles and mountain backdrops, and you’ve got a recipe for stunning autumn views. The best time to catch them is in October.

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For more ideas, see 7 Surprising Places to See Stunning Fall Foliage Overseas.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. This story was written by Ashley Kosciolek.

By Sarah Schlichter

Deputy Executive Editor Sarah Schlichter's idea of a perfect trip includes spotting exotic animals, hiking through pristine landscapes, exploring new neighborhoods on foot, and soaking up as much art as she can. She often attempts to recreate recipes from her international travels after she gets home (which has twice resulted in accidental kitchen fires—no humans or animals were harmed).

Sarah joined the SmarterTravel team in 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of Sarah's practical travel advice has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Budget Travel, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Follow her on Twitter @TravelEditor.

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